Monday, January 31, 2022

Bray Days: Food

Aside- I didn't have any pictures of the dining hall, but I do mention this bridge below. Maybe if I waited less than three decades to write about parts of my life I'd have better pictures.

Food had to be figured out quickly at RPI, and DAKA was there to provide. College meal options have all sorts of side possibilities now, with mixes of “meal points” and virtual cash, plus multiple commercial chains located on campus. We had DAKA, the food service that ran all of the dining halls (with their all you could eat, meal plan system) as well as the Union pizza place and cafeteria. (These were separate from the plans.)

Thursday, January 27, 2022

The Eternal(s) Question- When Will I Learn My Lesson?

A spoiler free review for a change.

I missed The Eternals in theaters, because -
A) I know almost nothing about them
B) I'm a nincompoop and forgot Marvel doesn't make bad movies.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Bray Days: Sleep Schedules

Aside- This picture is only tangentially connected to the end of this story, but since the makeup came much better than a couple years later when I did the whole costume, I put it here. 

Jesse and I had known one another since first grade. One Legend of how we met is that my allergies had me sneezing on my really cheap, ridiculously thin, yellow math paper every day and ruining it. He suggested I turn my head . . . 

And the next day I sneezed on his math paper. 
Neither of us is sure if this is anywhere near the truth.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Venom- Let Me See Carnage

 The short form:
I have been a Venom fan for a long time. 
I liked the first Venom film and I liked this one.  WOO!

It had the same action/ comedy/ relationship beats as the original movie. They were built upon, the story progressed and the bond between Eddie and the Symbiote to become one as Venom was expanded.  

Similarly it was also a shorter, old style (pre- giant shared universes) comic book film. 

Andy Serkis certainly knows how to direct this kind of thing and did a smashing job, pulling in top notch  AD's and cinematographers he's worked with before helped.

As a fan of the Venom comics I found some key points really weird, however.
Since this review is so late, I will talk about them.

Spoilers on.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Bray Days: Orientation Part 2

Note- That is version one of "the shirt." It was the black replacement that inspired the sign.

Orientation continued once we moved into the dorms (for real) the week before Labor Day. I was thrilled to be assigned to Bray Hall. While the overall floor plan and individual rooms were identical to the other freshman dorms, there was one difference. Bray had a larger than life sized mural of the Original Series (at that point, not counting one Next Generation season, the ONLY series) Star Trek crew on the bridge of the Enterprise.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Witcher Season 2 Gets the Band Back Together For the First Time

Season 2 of The Witcher dropped on Netflix and maintained the high level of quality that the original season promised.  I was a little late to it because I had to finish He-man.

There are random, probably vague, spoilers, because …  I stopped caring.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Bray Days: Orientation Part 1

The main point of college is the classes, however, an equal if not greater amount of education comes from living on one’s own, and interacting with others from that standpoint for the first time.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Mastery of the Universe

Yes, the new season of The Witcher dropped, and was awesome. But there was another second part of a Netflix fantasy series I watched first.

I went from "Vaguely interested in the new version of a franchise I never followed, and watched only because I stepped on a bee's nest and didn't want to write that night."
"I gotta see what happens in Part II as soon as it comes out!"
For Kevin Smith and company's Masters of the Universe: Revelations.

It did not disappoint.

Considering I thought they couldn't get crazier than Part I already did, BOY was I wrong.

Monday, January 3, 2022

E-Dorm Life- Prequel: Bray Days Index

This idea started as a paragraph long introduction to the RPI E-Dorm stories with the intention of containing quick highlights to some First Year adventures occurring before we moved into the dorm we lived in the remaining college years.